How to make the most of natural light

Increasing the amount of natural light in your home can reduce your heating and lighting costs. It can also make a room feel bigger and more inviting. Here are some simple and inexpensive ways to get more natural light into your home.

Blinds, curtains and windows

On sunny days, open blinds and curtains to let in as much light as possible.

Replacing heavy curtains with a lighter or see-through material helps to let in more light during the day and keeps in the heat at night.

Aluminium or wooden venetian blinds and vertical blinds come in a range of colours and let you control the amount of light that comes in. By angling the blinds, you direct the sunlight where you want it.

And if you’re building or renovating, make sure you design your windows to be taller rather than wider, which lets in more light.

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Mirrors

Use mirrors to reflect natural light and open up small spaces like hallways. Placing a mirror opposite a window that gets good light will make a room sunnier.

As well as hanging mirrors on the wall, you can put them on your wardrobe door or on a desk behind flowers to create the feeling of more space.

Try placing mirrors in multiple rooms around your home to find out what reflects the most natural light before permanently installing them.

New doors

Replacing a solid front door with one that has clear, frosted or stained glass will make your entry brighter and more inviting.

Changing a solid interior door for one with window panels will also let more light in.

There’s a range of doors with clear, frosted or stained glass that can work for you depending on your budget, security requirements and tastes.

Skylights

Installing skylights in hallways or small rooms with no windows lets in more light and makes them feel bigger. Installing a skylight kit is easy and they're also inexpensive. Another option is to install a dual action window and skylight higher up on your wall to let in more light and fresh air.

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Colour scheme

Painting walls and ceilings white or in light colours means that any natural light that comes in will be reflected. White painted trim around windows also helps.

Remove obstacles

Trim any trees and bushes that may be blocking the light from coming through your windows. Removing objects from your windowsills and keeping your windows clean also increases the amount of light coming in.

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Indoor plants

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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